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2013 Fantasy Football results, week 3: The NFL's best

Recapping the week in fantasy football.

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While normally this segment would begin with a look at the Cardinals' top performers, well, there isn't much worth revisiting. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for nine catches and not a whole lot else, meaning they had solid outings in points-per-reception leagues. Runningback Alfonso Smith claimed the Cardinals' only touchdown, but the story might be Andre Ellington. He's enjoyed an increased role in the offense each week, and might be worth a look on waivers in a couple weeks if that trend continues.

Tyrann Mathieu's nine tackles and one interception merit a mention for those in IDP leagues, along with Karlos Dansby's twelve tackles which put him among the NFL's tackle leaders with 28 on the season.


Drew Brees & Jimmy Graham, NO - 57 points

As Cardinal fans are all too well aware, Brees & Graham had themselves quite a Sunday in week three. Graham accounted for two of Brees' three touchdowns and over a third of his passing yards. The Cardinals didn't have an answer for Graham's combination of size and athleticism and never pretended that they did, instead doing their best to disrupt Brees. Obviously, it didn't work as the two combined for 57 fantasy points.

Cam Newton, QB, Car - 29 points

Newton had his first Newtonian performance on the season. He didn't have a great day passing the ball but got it done for fantasy owners with four touchdowns and a season-best 45 yards on the ground.

Jake Locker...? - 28 points

In what may be the first and last game that saw Locker resemble something like a real NFL quarterback, he threw for 299 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 68 yards on only five attempts, adding another touchdown on the ground. Not many predicted Locker would lead the Titans to a surprise win over the Chargers... especially not the Chargers.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pit - 31 points

Garbage time is a beautiful thing for fantasy owners and the Steelers had almost two quarters of it against the Bears. Brown was the clear benefactor of the team's passing bonanza, accumulating nine catches, nearly 200 yards, and two touchdowns in the team's third loss.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dal - 26 points

Though many fantasy owners probably avoided Murray due to long-term injury concerns, they did so knowing there'd be days like this. The Cowboys committed to the ground game against the Rams and Murray responded with 175 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown. Though the Chiefs kept him in check in week two, Murray has 58 rushes on the season for 286 yards with an additional 116 yards through the air on 16 catches. If he can stay healthy, he'll make a lot of owners regret passing on him.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cle - 24 points

Predicted a breakout fantasy star going into the season, Cameron has stepped up for the Browns in a big way. In three games he has surpassed his season marks from 2012 with 20 catches for 269 yards. Cameron hauled in an absurd three touchdowns against Minnesota. The fifth-best tight end in fantasy, Cameron has proven to be an excellent value pick so far -- even with Brian Hoyer at QB.